The Slew, a turntable based rock band

I just wanted to share this old track by The Slew, a turntable based rock band featuring Kid Koala and Dynamite D. The song is called “It’s All Over” and the music video was shot on a Fisher Price PXL2000, an old videocamera that was designed for children and records entirely on audio cassette tapes.

The whole album is sick. Check it out on Bandcamp

Or watch this live performance from 2009 featuring Chris Ross and Myles Heskett, the former rhythm section for Wolfmother.

“One More Light” a beautiful tribute to yo-yoers we’ve lost throughout the years

Josh Yee recently post this beautiful tribute video to yo-yoers who have passed away in the past 20 years or so. That’s about how long I’ve been in the seen, so it was nice to be reminded of some of my friends I no longer get to chat with. I was happy to see Ryan “Houdini” Monson in there. I think about him frequently, mostly from our chats or his old posts, but I hadn’t actually watched any his old videos in a while. It was great to see him again.

Thanks, Josh, for sharing this wonderful video.

SF Destroys A Popular Skate Spot on Duncan Street

The intersection at Duncan and Valencia St was a popular spot for kids and young skaters in our neighborhood until the city added little cuts on the curbs to deter skateboarding there. I guess too many folks were bummed they had to wait a few seconds for skaters to get out of the way, so they asked the city to find a way to deter the kids from using the spot. It’s worth noting that Duncan Street is technically part of SF’s Slow Streets program even though it doesn’t have any visible signage. This program was set up exactly so folks get safe ride their bikes, skateboard, jog, or exercise on certain streets. So slowing down for skaters really shouldn’t be a big deal.

Unfortunately the city destroyed this skate spot without providing any new spaces for skaters to hang out. I really don’t understand why every single park with a basketball court or tennis court doesn’t also provide a simple area for skaters to use to. Each park should have a rail or box for kids to skate on.

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I covered Biz Markie’s “Vapors” in ’96

I was saddened to hear of the loss of Biz Markie a few weeks back. I loved his music and think of him as a big influence on the music I make today. I was recently listening to some old recordings of mine and found this old cover version I did of his classic song, “Vapors”. I think I recorded this back in 1996 on a friends fourtrack and it’s probably the first cover song I’ve ever recorded.

Of course my version of the song is very different than Biz’s, but the love was still there. Vapors is such a classic.